This is a “party” piece inspired by the sound and feel of the classic rock band Chicago. The title comes from the lyrics to one of their most famous tunes, Saturday in the
Written and dedicated to my son, Jack, and the nights we stayed up "hanging out" while he learned to sleep. This tune is inspired by my good pal Count Basie and tunes like Corner
Medium level swing chart with a nice sax section soli. The solos are open as desired.
This composition attempts to portray the zany, whimsical, and chaotic nature of a “Chinese fire drill” (Yes, the thing where people jump out of a car at a red light and run around the car). To
Bass trombone feature. Dedicated to bass trombonist Jay Roberts and Brigham Young University Synthesis Jazz Band, Ray Smith, director.
This work is a tribute to the jazz trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie. Known for this unique angled trumpet bell, "balloon" cheeks, and legendary high range, Dizzy ushered in a new era of jazz known as bebop.
Approximate duration is 5 minutes. Commissioned by Kenneth Thompson. Listen to a recording at benjamintaylormusic.com
This work for string orchestra and audio track is an excellent introduction to 6/8 time using the ranges of grade 1 literature. The piece is inspired by what an alien dance club might sound like.
This work for band and audio track is an excellent introduction to 6/8 time using the ranges of grade 1 literature. The piece is inspired by what an alien dance club might sound like.
Gary Sudano (1942-2017) will always be remembered as a loving father and passionate music educator. This work is a gift from his wife Jan, his children, and the families in the three Band programs involved
Garapan is a Javanese word meaning "the working out of the music." In the Javanese gamelan tradition, musical compositions are mere skeletons of ideas that have a flexible structure. This allows
A dirty, greasy, minor blues funk with the possibility of slap bass guitar.
Commissioned by Brigham Young University Synthesis and Ray Smith and winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. A clever nod to the tune "Loch Lomond"set with a 7/8 shuffle funk second-line new
The Hope Within was commissioned by the University of the Incarnate Word Wind Ensemble, Brett A. Richardson, Conductor, in memory of the conductor’s mother, Becky Bailey Richardson
Inspired by an ancient tradition of Chinese landscape painting where artists intentionally left blank spaces on the canvas with the idea that viewers would imagine something to fill in the space and thereby
“What if you could write a piece of music where you play the page as usual, then flip it upside down and play it again?” This question was the genesis of the primary ingredient to Maze